Reformed Church Center Events
“Confessing the Faith Today”
|Cora Tait, a graduate of Alliance Theological Seminary and New Brunswick Theological Seminary, is pastor of Highbridge Community Church (RCA) in the Bronx.|
|Joshua Bode is pastor of Woodstock (New York) Reformed Church and a graduate of Western Theological Seminary. He is a past moderator of the RCA Commission on Church Order.|
|Lynn Japinga is Professor of Religion at Hope College, and a graduate of Princeton and Union (NY) Theological Seminaries. She is the author of Loyalty and Loss: The Reformed Church in America, 1945-1994. Her book Preaching the Women of the Old Testament: Who They Were and Why They Matter, is scheduled for publication in 2017.|
|Jaeseung Cha is Associate Professor of Foundational and Constructive Theology at NBTS.|
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Worship Building Community Across Divisions
The Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, Senior Pastor of Middle Collegiate Church in NYC and 2016-17 Poppen-Young Scholar at NBTS will present the annual Poppen-Young lecture: “For the Healing of the Nations: Love, multicultural worship, and Creating a New American Story.”
Thursday, March 16, 10:00 am in New Brunswick
A Visit with Tom DeVries
General Secretary of the Reformed Church in America
Thursday, April 4, 5:00 pm, at St. John’s
Women’s Stories Day
The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Reece will give the Hazel Gnade lecture: “Women’s Work for Creation: Reformed Church Women’s Missions and the Beginnings of the Environmental Movement” along with women’s stories of mission, justice, and creation care.
Thursday, May 11, 10:00 am in New Brunswick
“Our Only Comfort: Belonging in the RCA.”
In the first question and answer of the Heidelberg Catechism, Reformed Christians say that our only comfort in life and in death is that we belong to Jesus Christ. In question and answer number 32, we say that we are called Christians because, by faith, we are members of Christ.
Membership and how we understand it is important to our Reformed understanding of the church and the world.
On Thursday, 6 October, 2016, the Reformed Church Center at New Brunswick Seminary hosted “Our Only Comfort: Belonging in the RCA.”
Dirk Mouw, historian, translator and a fellow of the Reformed Church Center, presented the 2016-17 Albert A. Smith lecture in RCA History; his topic was how the colonial Dutch Reformed Church understood church membership.
Following that were presentations on the experience of becoming members of the RCA for Hispanics, Asians and African-Americans by:
- Irving Rivera–pastor of Meadow Hill Reformed Church in Newburgh, NY, and past president of the General Synod of the RCA
- En Young Kim–RCA Supervisor of Mission in Asia and the Pacific and Coordinator for Pacific and Asian -American Ministries
- Anna Jackson–pastor of the Reformed Church of Queens, NY, and moderator of the board of trustees at NBTS.
The day concluded with group discussion over lunch of what membership means in the modern RCA and how we grow into new understandings based on our experiences.